June 3, 2014
Letters to the Editor
The Denver Post
To the Editor:
Re: “Gay wedding cake refusal: Discrimination or religious right?,” June 3 letters to the editor.
Letter-writer Brian Stuckey is wrong on both history and law in his claim that the Civil Rights Commission’s order for a bakery to stop discriminating against gay people is part of a “campaign to eradicate the Christian faith from the public square [that] would have been unthinkable a generation ago.”
For more than 100 years, Colorado has prohibited discrimination by businesses that offer goods and services to the public. In 2008, the law was amended to clarify that it is unlawful to refuse people because of their sexual orientation. The unanimous bipartisan decision of the commission complied with the long-standing law.
Contrary to Stuckey’s assertion, Coloradans are, and always have been, free to believe and worship in any way they choose. A claim of religious freedom should not exempt one from the law and allow trampling the rights of others, especially when choosing to open a business to the public.
Scott L. Levin
Mountain States Regional Director